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Finding aid to the Robert E. Tranquada papers H2010.6
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Processing Information note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Robert E. Tranquada Papers.
    Collection number: H2010.6
    Repository: Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collection and Archives
    Claremont, CA 91711
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet 3 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1979-2007
    Date (bulk): 1991-2007
    Language of Materials note: The materials are in English.
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other materials documenting Robert E. Tranquada's service as Chairman of the Pomona College Board of Trustees, 1991-2000; as member of the Claremont University Center Board of Fellows, 1991-2000; and as first Chairman of the Claremont University Consortium Board of Overseers, 2000-2006. The materials relating to Tranquada's tenure at Pomona College cover a wide variety of topics, testifying to his role as a facilitator through whom different elements of the college community and to his role as representative of Pomona College in its complicated relationship with the broader Claremont community. The materials documenting Tranquada's tenure at Claremont University Center (from 2000, Claremont University Consortium) primarily concern the reorganization, implemented in 2000, of Claremont University Center, in particular establishing the Claremont Graduate School (from 1997, Graduate University) as an independent entity and adding a new institution (the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Biological Studies), cooperation between the constituent members of the Consortium, land use, and the status and future of the Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station.
    Creator: Tranquada, Robert E., 1930-

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Series 1 gift of Robert E. Tranquada, 2009. Series 2 gift of Robert E. Tranquada, 2010.

    Processing Information note

    Processed by Andrew Hoyt (Series 1) and Jeroen Lambrecht (Series 2) for Archival Studies 311, Claremont Graduate University, Spring 2010. Revised and encoded by Michael P. Palmer, January 2011.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact Honnold/Mudd Library, Special Collections staff.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item], box #, folder #, Robert E. Tranquada papers, Collection H2010.6, Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Robert Ernest Tranquada was born in Los Angeles on August 27, 1930, the son of Ernest Alvro and Katharine (Jacobus) Tranquada. He graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in 1951, and received his MD degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1955. Tranquada served as intern and resident in medicine in 1955-1958 and as a fellow in diabetes and metabolic diseases in 1958-1959 at UCLA Medical Center, and as fellow in diabetes at the USC School of Medicine in 1959-1960. He was appointed assistant professor at the USC School of Medicine in 1960, and associate professor in 1964, and served as chair of the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health in 1967-1970. He was associate dean in 1969-1976, serving simultaneously as medical director of the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center in 1969-1974, and regional director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services in 1974-1976. In 1976-1979 Tranquada was associate dean of the UCLA School of Medicine, and in 1979-1986 he served as chancellor and dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 1986, Tranquada returned to USC as dean of the School of Medicine, serving until 1991. In 1992, he was appointed Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Professor of Medicine and Public Policy and chaired the Health Administration program in the then School of Public Administration. He became emeritus in 1997.
    Tranquada established and directed the Watts Health Center (now the Watts Health Foundation), 1965-1969. He was a member of the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (the "Christopher Commission") in 1991-1992, and chaired the Los Angeles County Task Force on Health Care Access in 1992-1993.
    Tranquada is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He joined the Pomona College Board of Trustees in 1969, serving as vice chairman in 1971-1979, and as chairman in 1991-2000. He was ex officio member of the governing Board of Fellows, Claremont University Center, 1971-1979 and 1991-2000, and was first chairman of the Board of Overseers of the newly constituted Claremont University Consortium, 2000-2006. He also served as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, 1997-2000.
    Tranquada married Janet Martin in 1951; the couple has three children.

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and other materials documenting Robert E. Tranquada's service as Chairman of the Pomona College Board of Trustees, 1991-2000; as member of the Claremont University Center Board of Fellows, 1991-2000; and as first Chairman of the Claremont University Consortium Board of Overseers, 2000-2006. The materials relating to Tranquada's tenure at Pomona College cover a wide variety of topics, testifying to his role as a facilitator through whom different elements of the college community--including Board members, administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and donors--negotiated issues; and to his role as representative of Pomona College in its complicated relationship with the broader Claremont community. Particularly prominent themes in the Pomona College files include student, faculty, and Board diversity; "political correctness"; finances; faculty tenure and salaries; presidential and other administrative recruitment and salaries; and the development of college property and resulting conflicts with the Claremont community. The materials relating to Tranquada's tenure at Claremont University Center (from 2000, Claremont University Consortium) are more narrowly focused. The materials prior to 2000 primarily concern planning for reorganizing the Claremont University Center, in particular establishing the Claremont Graduate School (from 1997, Graduate University) as an independent entity and adding a new institution; those for 2000 and afterwards primarily concern implementation of the reorganization, cooperation between the constituent members of the Consortium, land use, and the status and future of the Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Claremont University Center. Board of Fellows.
    Claremont University Consortium. Board of Overseers.
    Gaines, Stanley O., 1961-
    Hill, Brenda Barham
    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.). Board of Trustees.
    Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station.
    Stanley, Peter W., 1940-
    Claremont Colleges--Planning
    Claremont University Center--Administration
    Claremont University Consortium--Administration
    Land use--California--Claremont
    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)--Administration